Tuesday, 9 June 09
Eric Christian Olsen
Philip Baker Hall
John Michael Higgins
Unrated 91min 2009
In this laugh-out-loud comedy, Ford High’s star football players Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady sheme to ditch football camp so they can spend the summer surrounded by beautiful girls… at cheer camp. The guys are having the time of their lives as they use their new reputations as “sensitive guys” to talk the hotties into skinny dipping, cheering naked and hooking up. But when Shawn falls for the gorgeous head cheerleader who’s suspicious of their motives, the players must change their game to prove Shawn’s intentions before the thrilling cheer competition finals. – back of box
“Fired Up” is the comedy of every male on the planet. The premise of this film is so simple. It makes them think: why didn’t I think of this. Once you start laughing you don’t ever stop until you see the menu again.
Every male on the planet can enjoy “Fired Up” but its a guilty pleasure. Filmmakers should have known from the start. You can take your girlfriend to this film and expect to get some later. That’s why it was a box office failure, but will be a home video classic. It’s a film that guys can get together, watch, and enjoy together sans women.
The premise is so simple but sexists to the max. That’s why they have not be done. But are an enjoy to watch. “Fired Up” does a great job of this. Horny males nabbing tale and lots of it. What makes this film works is that it knows its absurd and makes the jokes on themselves.
I give “Fired Up” 3 out of 5 Gs.
Tuesday, 22 January 08
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
PG 110min 2007
A superstar with an ego bigger than a football field, Joe Kingman (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is getting ready for a run at the big championship game when the 8-year-old daughter he never knew existed shows up at this not-so-family-friendly bachelor pad. As the big game gets closer, he begins to realize the most meaningful win he can achieve is the heart of the one little fan who counts the most.
“The Game Plan” is a family film geared to a young audience. It’s a Disney film made with the Disney’s sensibility. Johnson did it for the paycheck and his not the star of this show. It’s a family film that the kids will like and parents can tolerate.
It is a family film. There is not that much adult humor in the film. Some of the stuff that Pettis gets away with should lead to some kind of punishment but its laughed off as children will be children. For the most part she is running this household and has daddy wrapped around her finger from the moment he knows she is his.
“The Game Plan” is a film that “The Rock” had to have done for the paycheck. He tries to do comedy but a man that big is struggling to make it funny. He is still trying to ride the wave of his Saturday Night Live success. Most of his team mates are so much more forgiving than real life. Then to top it off he is not the star of his own top bill film.
Madison Pettis and Kyra Segwick steal the show from him every time they are on the screen. Pettis is the highlight of this film and is just adorable and obnoxious at the same time. Segwick as Johnson’s agent is funny the moment she hits the screen. She created a character with quirks that funny to watch; it shows why she is an underrated talent in Hollywood.
As this is a Disney DVD “The Game Plan” has many specialized special features. It has blooper and deleted with commentary by Marv Albert. There is a fictional ESPN bio piece on Joe King hosted by Stuart Scott. A featurette on Johnson learning the fundamentals of Quarterbacking is one of about four other featurettes. There are movie previews for “101 Dalmations: Special Edition”, “Wall E”, “Enchanted”, “Tinker Bell”, “Snow Buddies”, “The Aristocats”, and “Twitches Too”.
I give it 3/5.
Wednesday, 19 December 07
Anniese Taylor Dendy
PG13 90min 2007
Southern California high school senior Carson arrives at the all-important “Cheer Camp Nationals” determined to lead her squad, the West High Sharks, to victory. However, chic New Yorker Brooke and her team, the East High Jets, are equally steadfast in their pursuit of the competition’s coveted “Spirit Stick.” As tension mounts between the two rival squads, Carson falls for fellow cheerleader Penn, not realizing he’s a Jet. When Brooke discovers the budding romance, she raises the stakes by challenging Carson to a one-on-one cheer-off. A spectacular “cheer fighting” sequence erupts into a no-holds-barred brawl and cheerleaders on both sides are suspended from the competition. With their dreams of taking home the top prize all but shattered, the leaders of both squads realize they’ll have to take drastic measures to stay in the game. — Written by Universal Pictures
“Bring It On: In It To Win It” is the fourth in the series and now it has reached the point where is time to stop. The lifted the plot from “West Side Story” and put it into a cheerleading movie. When a film series take the complete plot from another film, its time to stop making them. If you have seen West Side Story you have seen BIO: ITTWI; the only differences is that there is a middle part torwards the end where they get together and “rumble” for the top prize.
This time around the dialog was cheesier than a government grill cheese sandwich. The performs where hollow and so bitchy it’s a wonder that all those cheerleading ego got anything done. It does have some funny moments. When the teams start to confess there secrets to become closer, that was a pretty funny scenes one of the more memorable because of the revelations.
All this still does not help “Bring It On: In It To Win It”, it is a very cheap knock off of the orginial and the series is truly showing its age. It is time to let the horse die with some dignity. It is a series that is wrung of all its money making potential with this film
There are deleted scenes. There is a bubbly making of featurette call ‘Lights, Camera, Bring It’. The Rumble w/ Tony G is a featurette highlights the cheer moves in “Bring It On: In It To Win It”. “Cheer Off: Learn to cheer with Tony G” highlights the two differents styles of cheering. There are movie previews for Sidney White and Balls of Fury.
I give it 2/5 Gs.
Sunday, 16 December 07
Gary LeRoi Gray
PG13 99min 2006
A transfer student to a rough high school tries joining the cheer-leading squad and she not only faces off against the head cheerleader, but against her former school in preparation for a cheer-off competition. – from imdb
“Bring It On: All or Nothing” is a better sequel than “Again”. This time it’s more about what made the first on such a classic. It also brings a more street vibe to the film. This a find addition to the franchise.
This time the film gets back to the roots of “Bring It On”. This time its about a girl transferring to a school with the cheerleading experience this time around. This time its two ways street, she helps them and they help her too. It’s also more about her finding acceptance on this new squad as it is about showing her old that she can ‘bring’.
This time around, they throw down using street moves. As this is an admiral try a lot of the actors couldn’t pull off the confidence in the moves. Most of the time it look rehearsed where it should look like an extension of expression. But it does add a flavor that the others did not have and you can always appreciate that.
Although I think they tried to capitalize on the names of their leads, it is a fine addition to the franchise. It gave the franchise look at another form of dance. These movies are somewhat becoming the cheerleading bible. They keep trying to find new stories to introduce different aspects of cheerleading to the public that doesn’t catch it on ESPN and ESPN2.
It has a gag reel. There are a few behind the scene featurettes. It has several featurettes show you how to do the dance cheer moves. There are no movie previews on this DVD.
I give it 4/5 Gs.
Thursday, 25 October 07
L. Warrren Young
PG 131min 2006
A true story about a small town’s effort to rebuild after a tragic plane crash killed nearly the entire football team and coaching staff of Marshall University. Jack Lengyel took the job no one wanted: to rebuild Marshall’s football team and restore hope and strength in a grieving community.
“We Are Marshall” is most dramatic and inspiring football movie. It made me run the gambit of emotions. Learning the history behind Marshall University made me appreciate the team and all that it has accomplished.
Most times a football movie gets either the drama right, or the football right but “We Are Marshall” found a way to accomplish both and be respectful to the memory of this tragedy. It’s on that will live in your memory months after you have watched it. It shows the resilient side of the human spirit. The even facing insurmountable odd the human spirit can still rise. After watching this film you will never see Marshall, planes, and the tragedy of death that same way again.
I give it 5/5 GS.
Thursday, 27 September 07
Jesse Lee Soffer
PG13 96min 2007
Meet Gracie Browen – 15-year-old girl who’s determined to play varsity soccer… on the boy’s team! But when her school forbids her to play and even her family questions her ability, Gracie sets out to prove them all wrong. Fighting to change school policy and facing off against some of the toughest competitors on the field, Gracie must summon the courage to finally show everyone that a girl with a dream can do absolutely anything! – from the back coverGracie
Inspired by the events of the Shue family “Gracie” is truly an inspirational film about triumphing from societies biases, finding your inter-spirit and courage. Carly Schroeder is truly the breakout star of this ensemble film.
Taking place in 1978, at a time when soccer was considered a boys’ sport, I consider soccer now to be dominated by girls now. What a difference 30 years makes. This is a great example of finding the strength to change the view of society. Gracie is a strong willed young girl, with the courage that parents want their children to become.
“Gracie” has an ensemble cast telling a story that can be embrace by anyone. Dermot Mulroney plays a dad disconnected from his family after the death of his star athletic son. Elisabeth Shue is the mother just trying to connect with her daughter as she feels she’s losing her to the family sport, soccer. It’s Carly Schroeder that is the breakout star of this cast.
At first I thought she looked familiar then I realized that she was the little girl that played Serena on the soap operas ‘Port Charles’ and ‘General Hospital’ during the 90’s. She is amazing as Gracie. She not only brings the acting side but she performs the physical side also. It helped to sell me that this is a girl fighting, training and truly deserves to play with the boys.
“Gracie” is a film in the vain of “Miracle” and “Bend It Like Beckham”, films that will inspire feelings of hope, courage and strength. It gave me a tingle of the spine. It you didn’t catch it at the movie then you should go out and get it as soon as you can.
It has two commentaries one with Davis Guggenheim and one with Elisabeth & Andrew Shue. It has a feature about ‘Bringing Gracie to Film’. There is also a theatrical trailer. It has movie previews for “Raise Your Voice” and “Dare to Dream”.
I give it 3/5 Gs.
Monday, 20 August 07
PG 111min 2006
“Facing the Giants” is about An unsuccessful coach facing dismissal from the boosters and the prospect of infertility finds inspiration from an unexpected source, he turns to GOD for help. He challenges his players to believe in GOD for the impossible on and off the field. When faced with unbelievable odds, the Eagles must step up to their greatest test of strength and courage. This is a dynamic story of the fight between faith and fear. Facing the Giants is a powerful experience for the whole family inspiring viewers to live with faith, hope, and love!
Volunteers, from the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, made this film. It has a strong Christian message that is told in an entertaining film. Even with the untrained talent they give believable performances, which is help by a script that you believe is coming from this characters.
The Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia made “Facing the Giants” to benefit a youth center for the church. It also does a good job of spreading the values of Christianity. For some the Christianity message may overwhelm them and come off a little too preachy. If you keep an open mind you can accept the message and the story being told.
Aside from the Christian message this is a predictable but entertaining film as well. The untrained talent pulls this film off. I think its because they are untrained that makes this film believable. You’re seeing everyday people make a film with passion that is lacking in many major blockbusters. Personal I don’t think Hollywood could have done a better job.
“Facing the Giants” is a film that everyone should see but will not appeal to everyone, for a number of reasons. The acting in this film may put off many viewers. The Christian message may put viewers as well. If you can over look the unpolished actors and the preachy Christian message you will find an entertaining film that the entire family can see.
I give it 3/5 Gs.